Emotions make us human. Denying them makes us beasts.

Victoria Klein

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“Whatever has gone on in the outer world has passed me by. But I think if anyone said to me, ‘if you go on like this life will pass you by,’ I would reply, ‘thank God for that, I nearly got mixed up in the beastly thing.”
Quentin Crisp

 

Go to bed; tired is stupid.

― Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

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“I now realize what Dorothy means in the final scene from The Wizard of Oz, when she says that if you have to look beyond your front door for your heart’s desire, perhapsit was never there to begin with. Maybe, like Dorothy, I should embrace the love right in front of me and not search for some elusive dream that never mattered in the first place.”

― Jodee Blanco, Please Stop Laughing at Me… One Woman’s Inspirational Story

A child brought up where there is always dancing cannot fail to dance.

Chewa & Nyanja Proverb

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art67976.asp

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“Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveller. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.”

― Thomas S. Monson

You don’t accomplish much by swimming with the mainstream. Hell, a dead fish can do that.

― Kinky Friedman

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Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish.  ~William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954

 

Autumn is the hush before winter. French

 

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“Look back, hold a torch to light the recesses of the dark. Listen to the footsteps that echo behind, when you walk alone.
All the time the ghosts flit past and through us, hiding in the future. We look in the mirror and see the shades of other faces looking back through the years; we see the shape of memory, standing solid in an empty doorway. By blood and by choice, we make our ghosts; we haunt ourselves.
Each ghost comes unbidden from the misty grounds of dream and silence.
Our rational minds say, “No, it isn’t.”
But another part, an older part, echoes always softly in the dark, “Yes, but it could be.”

― Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.

George Eliot

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“You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don’t want to understand you.”
― Anton Chekhov

You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.

Arlo Guthrie

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The Keeper of the Eddystone Light

Me father was the keeper of the Eddystone Light,
And he slept with a mermaid one fine night
Out of this union there came three,
A porpoise and a porgy, and the other was me!
Chorus:
With a yo-ho-ho, let the wind blow free,
It’s all for the life on the rolling sea!

http://home.comcast.net/~debee2/NNNS/Eddystone.html

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

– Mary Oliver

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“Once you make the unequivocal internal commitment to do something – when you absolutely know this is the time and the place to act – the world around you will shift in all sorts of apparently miraculous ways to make it happen.” – Sarah Susanka

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness

– Erich Fromm

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Real grief is not healed by time.
If time does anything, it deepens our grief.
The longer we live, the more fully we become aware of who she was for us,
and the more intimately we experience what her love meant to us.
Real, deep love is, as you know, very unobtrusive,
seemingly easy and obvious, and so present that we take it for granted.
Therefore, it is only in retrospect—or better, in memory—
that we fully realize its power and depth.
Yes, indeed, love often makes itself visible in pain.

~ Henri Nouwen

 

I cannot hear what you say for the thunder of what you are.

African Proverb

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The folktale is as follows: the peacock and the crow decide to add colour to their feathers, and to paint each other’s. The crow spends a long time painting careful designs on the peacock, who becomes so proud of his feathers he wants to strut and flaunt them. So when the peacock paints the crow, he just dumps black paint on and says he’s done. Yet the crow is more respected for his care for others and his modesty.

There are so many things about which some old man ought to tell one while one is little; for when one is grown one would know them as a matter of course.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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He who knows he who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him; He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child, teach him. He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him. He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, follow him.

Persian.

How lovely is the sun after rain, and how lovely is laughter after sorrow. Tunisian

http://www.inspirationfalls.com/rain-quotes/

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To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.
— Chinese

http://www.the-friendship-cafe.com/Friendship-Proverbs.html